A lovely rose garden leads to the entrance of Creative Juices.
Running your business at home sounds great. I started my business in 1981 out of my parents home. From there I moved my office several times. From store fronts to industrial parks, then to an office building and now my own home.
Too Many Distractions
I love working at home. The commute is very easy. I work off my living room in what once was a one car garage. Two glass French Doors lead off the driveway into the office. A blanket of rose bushes guide the way. In Spring and Summer it’s quite beautiful.
It also means lots of distractions. It’s easy to take a few minutes to prune the roses and pull a few weeds. My Chihuahua loves to sleep on my lap, preventing me from moving.
Occasionally my two foster boys, ages 5 and 7, are home from school with lots of needs.
Then there’s laundry, cleaning, mail, dog walks etc. It’s not easy to keep your mind focused on actual work.
How to Get Work Done
So here’s my suggestions for working at home and staying on track.
Set aside a dedicated workspace. Having your own room would be ideal. If not, create a little nook somewhere.
Start and stop work at specific times. Give yourself a schedule and stick to it.
Turn off the TV and iPad. You’re there to work, not play.
Take a break (after several hours of working, of course). Walk around the block and clear your head.
Tell the neighbors, children, dog, cat that you are not to be disturbed when you’re “on the clock”.
Only answer your business phone. Forget the telemarketers on your home phone (if you still have one).
Easy peasy. Feel free to share your tips too.
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Running a small business is an art. You have to trust your instincts and use your talents to achieve success.
It takes a lot of hard work, research and study. Never give up on your dreams.
I’ve been running Creative Juices for over 32 years. It never gets easier. In fact, with today’s economy and the changing field of graphic design, it is a daily challenge to stay up to date and relevant.
That is why I am constantly reading and studying the news for anything related to social media marketing and changes in technology for website design and function.
Here are five simple ways you can increase your chances for business success:
Engage the readers of your website with a variety of content. Make sure it’s helpful and useful.
Try using pictures, polls, tips, facts or even videos in your social media mix.
Starting a business is not easy. It can be fun, exciting and scary.
I started Creative Juices in 1981. I was a mere child. There was no internet. There was no Mac. There was little competition.
Today life is much more complicated for small business owners. There are lots of things to be aware of. I’m going to list a few of the ones directly related your business image.
First Impressions are Very Important
Get a logo design. It must be clean, professional, and timeless. It should represent you and your company.
Start a website. This is the hub of your business. Everything flows from and to your site. This includes all social media.
Create an email list. You must encourage visitors to give their email addresses on your site in order to stay in touch with current and potential clients. Perhaps offer a free ebook or newsletter.
Set up a newsletter. Regular newsletters are a great way to get people to remember you.
This is only a tiny bit of information to help get you started, graphically speaking. There’s a whole lot of other stuff you should know. My goal is to help you get your business going in the right direction.
You can never have too much information (or can you?!) Check out the following business related articles:
Owning your own business can be fun and exciting. Often it’s a challenge, especially if you do it all yourself. You have to offer the best products or services at a price people want to pay. You also have to differentiate yourself from the herd of other similar businesses. Promoting or marketing your business is a daily job you can’t ignore.
It’s hard to keep up with the latest news on marketing. This is my attempt to help you by listing the latest articles I’ve found on Tech, Business, Social Media and Marketing. Enjoy.
The new year is almost here. It’s never too late to grow your business. Why not make 2012 the year you reach your goals of success.
3 Ways to Grow Your Business
1. Did you know writing your goals down is a great way to reach them? Post them someplace you can see on a regular basis and you will consciously and unconsciously be moving in the right direction toward your goals.
2. Social media marketing is a great way to help your business grow. I constantly scan online media to find the latest and greatest ways to help spread the word that you have the best product or service.
3. Read up on the latest social marketing news. Mashable is a great source of social media, tech and business news, and marketing and entertainment related information.
Here is a summary of the last few weeks of interesting articles. I continue to keep up with Mashable daily. I hate falling behind on my social media news.
This is part of my new series of article collections. I regularly read the latest RSS feeds from blogs related to business marketing, such as Entrepreneur, Blogging Tips, Anthony Morrison and ProBlogger. In today’s busy world it’s often difficult to find time to read.
But modern technology came to the rescue. I have my iPhone, iPad and Kindle to help me catch up with my daily search for news. My favorite place to read is while exercising on the StairMaster at the gym. Every day I climb and read for an hour. Not only do I stay healthy but I get to read uninterrupted.
The following articles cover ways to be a successful business owner by boosting year end sales, how to utilize Google+ pages for your company, how to store your data in the cloud, how to advance your website’s SEO (search engine optimization) through social marketing, and how to stay out of trouble if you’re a blogger. Let me know what you think.
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